不尋常的弦樂四重奏


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我特別喜歡弦樂四重奏,也許是很久以前在音樂學校學習四聲部和聲的宿醉。我已經有大量的弦樂四重奏,特別是來自以該流派而聞名的作曲家:海頓,莫扎特,貝多芬,門德爾松,舒伯特,巴托克,鮑羅丁,德沃夏克,亞納澤克,肖斯塔科維奇等。我有一些弦樂四重奏,例如德彪西和拉威爾。我也有一些不太知名的例如兩個由巴克斯。

前一段時間(Covid之前),我參加了伯明翰(英國)音樂學院學生的一場免費音樂會,並且聽到格里格(Grieg)演奏的弦樂四重奏。我的反應是:我不知道他寫了一篇。因此,我在CD上找到了它。我還開始了作曲家對其他弦樂四重奏的搜索,這些作曲家眾所周知,但並非以弦樂四重奏為名。到目前為止,我已經發現:范妮·門德爾松,柴可夫斯基,威爾第,林斯基·科薩科夫,理查德·施特勞斯,斯特拉文斯基,艾夫斯,普羅科菲耶夫,理髮師,希曼諾夫斯基,甚至拉赫瑪尼諾夫。

當然,我可以將四重奏擴展為完全不知名的作曲家,例如我曾經有一個露絲·克勞福德·塞格(Ruth Crawford Seeger)的唱片,但那是在乙烯基唱片上的,我已經放棄了所有乙烯基唱片。我應該再來一次。不過,目前,我的工作重點是為知名但主要為其他類型的作曲家。

請提出建議。

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An unusual string quartet that might interest you is the Madras String Quartet, led by violinist V. S. Narasimhan. They perform Carnatic (south Indian classical) music arranged for the harmonies of Western classical music. I believe this would fit your criterion for "composers who are known but primarily for other genres."

Several videos of their performances are available on YouTube. Some of their albums are also available on Spotify.


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Elgar’s e Minor is very good.

You could also check out Britten’s. It certainly echos Beethoven tremendously. Never did D Major sound so good either.

https://youtu.be/SdKcOm_3VJU


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Some composers who composed string quartets but are more famous in other genres:

John Adams; Anton Arensky; Franz Berwald; Alban Berg; Ernest Chausson; Frederick Delius; Henryk Górecki (he of the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs); Carl Nielsen; Michael Nyman; Prokofiev; Edmund Rubbra; Camille Saint-Saëns; Jean Sibelius; Ralph Vaughan Williams; William Walton, Anton Webern

and a part-example: the whole of Samuel Barber's quartet, which has the famous Adagio

and some more British composers: Sally Beamish; Arthur Bliss; Maxwell Davies; Balfour Gardiner; Norman Hay; Imogen Holst; Elizabeth Maconchy; Colin Matthews; David Matthews; Judith Weir